Yankees acquire Kyle Haynes to complete Chris Stewart trade


The Yankees have acquired right-hander Kyle Haynes from the Pirates to complete last week’s Chris Stewart trade, the team announced. Stewart was dealt for a player to be named later a few hours before the non-tender deadline. New York was going to cut him loose for no return before working out the swap with Pittsburgh.

Haynes, 22, was a 20th round pick out of Virginia Commonwealth in 2012. He had a 2.38 ERA (2.68 FIP) in 83.1 innings for the Pirates’ High Class-A affiliate this past season, making 33 relief appearances before moving into the rotation and closing out the year with eight starts. Haynes had a very nice strikeout rate (9.18 K/9 and 24.6 K%) but walked a few too many (3.89 BB/9 and 10.4 BB%). He has allowed one homer in 110 career innings since signing. Pirates Prospects has a scouting report and says he’s a low-90s fastball guy with a slider and a changeup. Stewart had basically no trade value, so getting a Double-A ready arm who misses bats is a solid deal for the Yankees.

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  1. The Great Gonzo says:


  2. the Other Steve S. says:

    Absolutely a win. This guy looks like a solid org guy with a possibility of MLB usefullness. Certainly worth Stewie.

  3. JonS says:

    That is an awesome get for Chris Stewart. So Kontos got the Yankees a decent backup for two years then a B level AA ready arm. Nice job Cashman.

  4. mitch says:

    Better than the expected bag of balls

  5. Oops I crapped my pants says:

    This is a great trade. With any luck at all he just might develop into the next Phil Hughes.

  6. Matt DiBari says:

    I suspect we’ll never hear this name again, but I was never particularly concerned with the return we were getting for Stewart

  7. Cuso says:

    Hooray, something! We acquired something!

  8. Guns says:

    Wow. Yeah, pretty impressive. I’m surprised he was able to get someone with blood in his veins. Maybe it makes Cash feel better about losing Corey Black?? Seems like a similar pitcher. Solid relief prospect who misses bats.

  9. Chris says:

    Honestly, all this guy needs to do is through like 20 decent innings in the majors and it is worth it.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

      Honestly, all this guy needs to do is through like 1 decent inning in the majors and it is worth it.


  10. Mike HC says:

    I think this is the first time the Yanks actually got the better of the Pirates in a trade.

  11. Jorge Steinbrenner (the rarely spoken-of sibling) says:

    This somehow sounds better than both the guys we got for AJ Burnett combined. One isn’t even with us anymore.

    • lightSABR says:

      I know. It makes me wonder if Pittsburgh’s front office knows something we don’t, or is just feeling sorry for us.

  12. CashmanNinja says:

    I’m thrilled with this pick up. He could very well never pitch in the majors, but considering that we were going to cut Stewart anyway it’s a steal. Getting anyone with a pulse would be fine, but to get a young guy in AA who could be MLB ready rather quickly (since the Yankees are good at developing relievers), this is as close to winning the lottery that the Yankees could get. Even if Haynes doesn’t amount to anything it at least gives us a chance which is better than nothing. Great pick up.

  13. qwerty says:

    Shocking that the pirates gave up anything for Stewart. Which is precisely why the yankees should also trade Cervelli while he still has some perceived value. That is until he hurts himself again and is out for the year.

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